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Aussie swim chief Michael Scott urges Stilnox ban

May 1, 2013

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Swimming Australia‘s new high performance director Michael Scott is in favour of a Stilnox ban for the Australian team at this year’s world championships in Barcelona.

Scott, who officially began his new job today, said he believed the team should observe the Australian Olympic Committee‘s ban on the use of the hypnotic drug as preparation for the next Olympics in Rio.

“My personal opinion is that if it’s banned by the AOC and that’s the event we want to peak at in Rio, then we have to work towards that standard,” Scott said.

“You look at the last four years and you see how the public, the media, the Australian community, values the Olympic result and that has to be what we build towards. That has to be our focus. We have to take into consideration those external AOC policies.

Scott said he would consult with the sport’s high performance committee before making a final ruling on the controversial drug, designed as a sleeping aid, but widely known to be used as a party drug when combined with caffeinated drinks like Red Bull.

“It’s something I would have to take to the high performance committee and discuss, but to me it’s commonsense,” Scott said.

“You’ve got to work in that environment for four years, you need to prepare for that environment now.”

The London Olympic swimming team has been surrounded by scandal since it emerged last September that members of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay team had broken team rules by taking the banned drug on their notorious bonding night at the pre-Olympic camp in Manchester last year.

That action was followed by a series of incidents of misbehaviour which disturbed and annoyed their teammates.

At the time no action was taken against the swimmers. They were only punished after an integrity panel investigation concluded earlier this month.

But Scott, who will lead the national team to Barcelona, made it clear that he would be a new broom and would not tolerate such behaviour on the national team.

He said he intended to put “a line in the sand” and all swimmers on the national team this year would be held to the same set of rules.

His priority will be to establish “consistent decision-making” when the team gathers at next week’s orientation camp in Canberra.


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